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Premier League to meet managers, captains over new COVID-19 protocols

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The Premier League to meet club managers and captains to discuss adherence to the new COVID-19 protocols, that were released earlier this week.

League chiefs will not hold a meeting for all 20 clubs but have instead decided to have the guidance issued locally by the director of football Richard Garlick.

That is viewed as the most effective method of communication and one that will allow debate.

The meetings are not being regarded as “crisis talks”.

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard said he will suggest to his players that they stop celebrating during training.

“In all seriousness, we practise social distancing as much as we can at the training ground,” said the former Blues and England midfielder.

“On the pitch it can be difficult at times clearly, because you have to train and get close to each other.

“It’s something I will pass on to the players, and you see a lot of these group hugs now when they win a five-a-side [in training], so that will be something we’ll look at.”

West Bromwich Albion boss Sam Allardyce said the rules would be followed to keep football matches on but added he was “peeved” that players were being called “irresponsible”.

“We’re getting tested two or three times a week. We have sterilisers, masks and independent monitors at the training ground making sure we don’t do this or that,” said the 66-year-old, who was also critical of the government’s handling of the pandemic.

“I can’t have meetings more than 10 in a room, so why are they thinking we are doing it wrong? Just because we’re celebrating scoring a goal. Come on, that’s not right.”

The Premier League believes the enhanced protocols are working well overall.

BBC

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